Welcome to the web site of Bedworth Folk Club.
General Information
The Club, which has run almost continuously since 1972, meets every 2nd wednesday of the month (8pm start) in the Smercote Lounge at The Newdigate Club in Smorrall Lane, Bedworth (CV12 0JP), and also holds a second night most months on the 4th wednesday, except June - August (also 8pm start) at the same venue.
The club is quite unique in that there is no admission charge despite the fact that there are top rate guests at almost every meeting (we just pass the jug around so you can give as much or as little as you wish a minimum of the price of a couple of pints (at least £5) is suggested – our aim is always for everyone, guests, audience and floor singers alike to have a really good time.
Floor singers are always welcome but we get very busy so we recommend a call or email to reserve a spot, on the night it is very much first come first served – if there is space available.
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 Our next three event dates are:
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(Wednesday) December 27th 2017 at Newdigate Club

CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS!

(Wednesday) January 10th 2018 at Newdigate Club

Bill Bates

Bill says ......

I love to perform my songs at folk clubs, folk festivals and at house parties. I perform a mixed set of funny songs and serious songs. My objective is to entertain and have some fun and hopefully you will enjoy yourself at the same time.

I call myself a Dyxsluxic Song Writer, which just about sums me up. I go wrong every now and again but I keep smiling.

I am not as good a songwriter as Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) and not as funny as Keith Donnelly. I thought I`d let you know this to manage your expectations!

Well we think he's as good as Steve Knightley (even if he isn't quite as funny as Keith Donnelly) only joking Bill!!

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(Wednesday) February 14th 2018 at Newdigate Club

Martyn Oram

So where did it all begin?

Martyn was born in his grandparents' house in Plymouth, Devon, and lived in Mombasa, Kenya for two years before settling in Bath, Somerset.

He bought an electric guitar when he was ten and started to learn the violin at eleven. After Hendrix died, the electric guitar was soon swapped for an acoustic and Donovan became a major influence, along with the Incredible String Band, Roy Harper, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Paxton. Learning fiddle tunes from Fairport Convention and other LP`s, (which soon destroyed these albums!), he formed `GULL MAC MORNA` with three school friends and they began playing around the local folk scene.

In 1974, he went to Warwick University and was roomed with Keith Donnelly from South Shields, who played acoustic guitar and shared the same musical tastes. Together they formed `WATERFALL`, and became residents of the University Folk Club, mixing songs by Jonathon Kelly, Gerry Rafferty, Al Stewart etc with traditional ballads and tunes, and slowly began including their own original compositions.

After graduating in 1977, they took the plunge and decided to commit themselves full time to music. Joining an alternative country/rock band for 6 months, called `VAN DE HOOG`S ELDERFLOWER REMEDY`, (with Martin Bell, later of the WONDERSTUFF), they quickly learnt all about PA systems, sleeping in vans and life on the road.

Read the full story on his web site!

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